History of Dating
Although sometimes the world of online and offline dating can seem like a daunting, nerve-inducing horror, the truth remains that the current method of finding a mate is perhaps the best method used in the history of Western civilization. Dating, like everything, has changed and evolved over time and the options available to a young single man are arguably vastly preferable from any other period in history.
Toward the beginning of civilized society, marriage was not about love. It was not even about companionship – now widely considered the main reason for marriage outside of love – or friendship. Marriage was designed to produce heirs, unite families and procure lands and wealth – whether or not the poor unfortunates forced to wed liked each other was largely irrelevant.
Suddenly, the modern dating ’scene’ doesn’t seem so distasteful. Imagine being forced to marry a woman, someone you quite possibly had never met before. Sometimes the inclination of the newlyweds-to-be was taken into account, but only if the match was otherwise deemed suitable. The marriage would largely be organized by families and, in the cases of the aristocracy, sometimes by the Crown. There was no room for preference, liking, love or passion – and divorce was extremely difficult to obtain.
Although arranged marriages still exist in some parts of the world – and do, in some cases – create happy unions – the variety of choice is now available to men of the Western hemisphere. Modern dating allows the chance to meet, woo, fall in love with and even sleep with a woman before deciding to spend your lives together – it’s the best method humans have ever come up with, so bear that in mind the next time your date for the evening is driving you crazy. At least nowadays, you can say goodbye at the end of the night – in earlier years, you might have been marrying her the next morning!